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Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Vs Galaxy Nexus – AT&T wins?

Earlier on we told you about AT&T’s rather huge announcement that their two new LTE phones are now ready for release. One of these phones is the very impressive looking Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and we believe that it’s going be a great alternative to the Galaxy Nexus.

Many consumers had previously thought that the Galaxy Nexus was going to be the best Android handset hands down prior to its announcement, but after Google outed it in Hong Kong, it has perhaps been downgraded slightly in some consumers eyes. This could be due to the fact that it doesn’t have a MicroSD slot, only comes with a 5MP camera and just a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, the standard for all new Android smartphones.

On the positive side, it will be Google’s first Ice Cream Sandwich phone of course, and considering it is a developer phone – it is certain to be the first handset to receive future software updates in front of any other Android handsets – a very strong selling point indeed.

But now AT&T’s LTE competitor makes things very interesting for sure – most notably since it comes with a blistering 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, the same processor that many thought would be included on the Galaxy Nexus. It also comes with an 8 megapixel camera and NFC support like the Galaxy Nexus, meaning features like Android Beam and Face Unlock will surely come to the Galaxy S II Skyrocket once it gets an inevitable update to Ice Cream Sandwich – it ships with Android 2.3.5.

We previously said that Verizon were the dominant force at the moment since they also have the equally as impressive Droid RAZR on their books, but now AT&T’s Skyrocket changes everything – which is great for AT&T consumers as choice is always a good thing. No longer will AT&T customers have to contemplate switching carriers to Verizon, as the Skyrocket looks as good as, if not even better than the Galaxy Nexus – there we said it.

It may come down to whether you want ICS straight away or don’t mind waiting for the update for the Skyrocket. Having a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor on paper though may just tempt consumers to choose the Skyrocket over the Galaxy Nexus.

Are you impressed too with the Skyrocket? Will you now reconsider which smartphone to pick up next between the Skyrocket, Galaxy Nexus and Droid RAZR? Give us your thoughts on this.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Tim Owens

After 4 years with iPhones on AT&T, I’m ready to say the hell with both Apple and AT&T.  I’m tired of all the annoyances of using an iPhone due to Apples restrictions and I’m sick of having to stand in the front yard to make a damn phone call.   AT&T has been robbing me for far too long, charging me $30 for a 3G data plan when 3G only just recently became available here in the past 6 months, when I know for a fact they can set what’s called an N-Set to restrict me to 2G and charge… Read more »


The chipset hasnt even bees annouced yet dweeb. Ive seen specs suggesting an Exynos processor.

David Jenkins

Sucks that VZ’s LTE spectrum and AT&T’s LTE spectrum are incompatible. In a world where consumer freedom is more important, a consumer could get any phone and run it on either carrier.

Dwayne Jordan
Dwayne Jordan

I pre-ordered the Droid Razr and plan to purchase the Galaxy Nexus as well; he ATT version looks to have the specs but Verizon reliability, at this point, can’t be matched. BIG RED!!


The Skyrocket uses the same 1.5ghz Qualcomm chipset as the T-mobile version of the Galaxy S II, which actually performs worse than the 1.2Ghz Samsung chipset that’s in the other versions of the S II. The Galaxy Nexus uses a 1.2Ghz chipset from TI that Google has specifically selected for optimal performance. I bet that the Galaxy Nexus will handily outperform the Skyrocket, despite having a “slower” clock speed. Also, the Galaxy Nexus has a much higher resolution screen (1280 x 720) than the Skyrocket (800 x 480).

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